Welcome to Friesland


Frieslanders are a staunchly self-reliant bunch, with their own language proudly emblazoned on road signs. Here they didn't just have to build dykes to protect their land; they had to build the land as well. Their unique mudflats, laced into the Waddenzee (Wadden Sea), are on Unesco's world treasures list, and the slender islands across this body of water are the country's hottest summertime destination, with forest, dunes and beaches threaded with cycling paths.

Piercing the province's centre is its beguiling, canal-ringed capital Leeuwarden, a European City of Culture in 2018 with a dynamic vibe to match. Elsewhere, craggy fishing villages and port towns such as Hindeloopen and Harlingen charm with 16th-century architecture and a contagious, laid-back pace unchanged for centuries.


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$59.08 Cultural & Theme Tours

Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen including Round-Trip Train Ride from Amsterdam

Start your day in Amsterdam by picking up your traintickets at one of the designated points in the city. Make your way to Amsterdam Central station and catch the train to Enkhuizen. Sit back and relax whilst beautiful, typical dutch polder landscapes will be your scenery for one hour. After arrival in Enkhuizen a boat will be waiting to take you to the museum.   Outdoor Museum The Museum ferry carries you across the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum where you can take a walk through history. The open-air section covers 15 acres and accommodates authentic buildings from the former Zuiderzee region, such as a church, a fish-curing shed, a mill, a cheese warehouse, shops and dwelling houses from the surrounding fishing villages. You can help craftspeople in the Marker harbour making nets, produce a rope at the rope-maker’s workplace, give the housemaid a hand, or enter into a conversation with the ‘inhabitants’ from the former island of Urk. A number of presentations offer a modern interpretation of traditional crafts, materials and themes. Indoor Museum The Indoor Museum is the treasure chamber of the Zuiderzee. Temporary exhibitions display the rich collection of the Museum. For example the exhibition Journey around the Zuiderzee presents highlights of the collection and personal stories of life in villages around the former Zuiderzee. Join the Journey round the Zuiderzee and find out what life by this former inland sea was like. The journey will take you from Enkhuizen along the Afsluitdijk and the Wadden Islands to places in Friesland and after that back to North Holland, where you will visit Marken and Volendam.The Indoor Museum also has the largest collection of wooden ships in the Netherlands. These historical wooden ships belong to the most extraordinary items in the Museum’s collection. With history, photography, traditional costume, design and an attractive and educational family exhibition, the Indoor Museum offers something for everyone. Theme 2018: A Taste of History This year, the main theme is entitled A Taste of History: what was on the menu about a hundred years ago? Where did the ingredients come from? And, equally important in times before the household refrigerator was introduced: how did people make their food last as long as possible? Food and drinksWhen on a visit to our Outdoor Museum, do not forget to visit one of our restaurants, varying from a snug pub to a self-service restaurant. After having spent a few to maximum 7 hours in the museum,  you catch the train back to the city of Amsterdam or if you wish,  spend the remainder of the day in the historic village of Enkhuizen. Your ticket for you return journey is valid until midnight.

$32.82 Private & Custom Tours

Leeuwarden Private Guided Tour and Leaning Tower Oldenhove

At a time of your choosing, meet your private guide at your hotel or the Leeuwarden train station and set off at a relaxing pace to explore the capital city of the Dutch province of Friesland. With just your group and your local guide, enjoy the flexibility to customize this walking tour to your liking. As you wander through the city's historic streets, step back in time: Leeuwarden is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with remains of houses dating back to the 2nd century.Spend time exploring the colorful mixture of shopping areas, cultural highlights, and vibrant nightlife. Marvel at some of Leeuwarden's historical monuments (there are more than 600!) as you wander through the historic city center with your guide. The tour concludes with a short visit to the Oldehove, an unfinished church tower in the medieval city center that leans more than the tower of Pisa in Italy. Before bidding farewell to your guide, get insider’s tips about local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities, public transport, and more.

$104.44 Day Trips & Excursions

Half day seal safari from Amsterdam at UNESCO site Waddensea

Departure by coach from Amsterdam city center at the appointed time. Departure address: De Ruijterkade Oost, at the River Cruises Docks. It’s in the center of Amsterdam, right behind the Central Train Station!  Take the IJ exit of the Central Station and turn right. The River Cruises Docks are located on your left after approximately 750 meters.  A host from Dutch Seal Tours will be there to welcome you. We will leave Amsterdam by luxurious coach, heading North and will drive through the beautiful Dutch countryside: land claimed from the sea, past farms, villages and windmills.  After about one hour we will arrive in the harbor and we will board our ship that takes us onto the Waddensea. It is a refuge for a huge number of animals, including seals and birds. It´s unique character of inter-tidal sands and mud flats makes the Waddensea a calm sea with hardly any risk of uncomfortable swell. We will sail for 2 to 2,5 hours, looking for seals and other animals while enjoying the wilderness of this amazing  UNESCO heritage site.We offer you two drinks and a snack while we sail the Waddensea. On the bus you can purchase a selection of snacks, sandwiches and drinks, cash only please! Once back in the harbor we will take you to the historic fisherman’s town Harlingen on the Waddensea coast. You will have about 1 hour to wander, shop, eat or relax in this beautiful historic town! On our way back to Amsterdam we will stop at the famous enclosing dike between Noord-Holland and Friesland, which protects the low country against flooding. We will have some time to take pictures and see the monument. After an exciting day, our coach will take you back to Amsterdam.

$149.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Full day seal safari from Amsterdam at UNESCO site Waddensea

Departure by coach from Amsterdam city center at the appointed time. Address: De Ruijterkade Oost, at the River Cruises Docks. It’s in the center of Amsterdam, right behind the Central Train Station!  Take the IJ exit of the Central Station and turn right. The River Cruises Docks are located on your left after approximately 750 meters.  A host from Dutch Seal Tours will be there to welcome you. We will leave Amsterdam heading North and will drive through the beautiful Dutch countryside: land claimed from the sea, past farms, villages and windmills.  After about two hours we will arrive in the harbor of Lauwersoog where we will board our ship that takes us onto the Waddensea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a refuge for a huge number of animals, including seals and birds. It´s unique character of intertidal sands and mud flats makes the Waddensea a calm sea with hardly any risk of uncomfortable swell. We will set sail for the island of Schiermonnikoog. Depending on the exact timing of low tide we will scout for seals either on our way to the island, or when we return! On the island of Schiermonnikoog a bus will be waiting to take us to the village and beach. We will have a couple of hours to explore this beautiful island, the vintage village, huge beach and national park at leisure. Dinner (OR lunch!) on deck! While sailing the Waddensea, our chef will prepare a scrumptious meal, serving the catch of the day as well as fresh local produce. On our way back to Amsterdam we will stop at the famous enclosing dike between Noord Holland and Friesland, which protects the low country against flooding. We will have some time to take pictures and see the monument. After an exciting day, our coach will take you back to Amsterdam.

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